McClung Museum News

McClung Museum Offers Civil War Stroller Tour May 20

Parents and caregivers—with toddlers in tow—can learn about the history of the Civil War in Knoxville during a Monday, May 20, “stroller tour” at the McClung Museum. The tour, which will focus on the Battle of Fort Sanders, will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the foyer at the museum on the Knoxville campus. It is part of a monthly series of free tours that allow parents and caregivers to interact with one another and museum staff without the worry of disrupting other visitors.

UT Offers Tips, Relaxation to Get Students Through Finals

As final exams draw near, many areas of campus are offering ways to help students focus, unwind, or both. And while the first step of being ready for finals is staying healthy, students will have activities ranging from ice cream socials to puppy play time to help soothe their frazzled nerves. Classes end this Friday. Monday, April 29, is a study day. Finals begin Tuesday, April 30.

Markel to Discuss Knoxville Civil War Archaeology at Science Forum

Archaeologists from the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture have recently explored two local Civil War sites. Joan Markel, curator of Civil War exhibits at the museum, will discuss the exploration and their findings Friday at the final UT Science Forum of the semester. The presentation begins at noon on in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.

Neanderthals Expert to Speak at McClung Museum April 14

An expert on Neanderthals and human evolution will be the next speaker at a special lecture series at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Fred H. Smith, a noted human paleontologist and professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Illinois State University, will speak at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Smith also is an UT alumnus and former professor. The lecture will take place in the McClung auditorium.

McClung Museum Begins Fiftieth Anniversary Lecture Series March 14

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will begin a special lecture series March 14 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The series will bring in worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions on archaeology, Egyptology, decorative arts, the American Civil War, geology, and natural history. All lectures are free and open to the public.

McClung Museum to Host Family Day for Turkomen Exhibit on February 23

The Frank H. McClung Museum invites area families to attend a free day of jewelry making and museum tours on Saturday, February 23. The event, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., will include a tour given by museum educators of the current temporary exhibit, Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia. Educators will also provide instruction for a jewelry-making activity.

McClung Museum to Host Civil War Lecture Series Starting January 27

The places and people of Civil War Knoxville will be the subject of a new lecture series that kicks off Sunday, January 27, at the Frank H. McClung Museum. The third annual Civil War Lecture Series will explore topics from Civil War maps of East Tennessee to the first heavy artillery US Colored Troops. The monthly event will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in the museum’s auditorium. Joan Markel, McClung’s Civil War curator, will lead the talks.

McClung Museum Curator Discusses Near-Extinct Mussels at Science Forum

Alabama lampmussels were considered to be all but extinct when Gerry Dinkins and two other scientists discovered some in the Emory River in Morgan County, Tennessee. Dinkins is curator of malacology, or the study of mollusks, at the Frank H. McClung Museum. He’ll be talking about this discovery at the Science Forum on January 25. The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to share their research with the general public through a conversational presentation.

‘Treasures of the Turkomen’ Exhibit Opens at McClung Museum January 18

First worn by a woman at her wedding, the jewelry is common across all Turkomen tribes. The tube portion of the piece is hollow to hold written prayers or other sacred objects.

Elaborate silver, gilt jewelry, carpets, and textiles from the Turkomen tribes of Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan are the focus of a new exhibit, which opens January 18 at the Frank H. McClung Museum. The exhibit, Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia, runs through May 12.